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I finally headed down to Houston and got to meet Dr. Karamanian in person for my pre-procedure. As everyone else has reported, both he and Donnie are very professional and obviously very caring toward their patients. The next morning I arrived at 6am, was preped by Donnie and finished with the ablation about 3 hours later. No real pain at all and I was in and out with the sedation throughout the precedure. I found the catheter to be very uncomfortable, it really causing pain at the end of the urethra each time I moved. I got very little sleep that first night.
The next day we had the post procedure brief in the office, along with a shot of antibiotics. Dr. Karamanian was able to point out the results of the ablation. I would make them available for review but forgot to ask for a copy.
We flew home after two more days in Houston and everything went well. I emptied the bag just prior to boarding and once during the 3 hour flight.
The catheter continued to irritate the urethra so much I was dreading the removal. It proved to be anti-climatic as there was only a little stinging as I withdrew it. I wax very concerned that I might not be able to pee and would have to have a catheter reinserted. I was pleased that I had a urine flow--actually a dribble that had contined after 5 days, maybe getting a little better. Hopefully it will continue to improve in the weeks ahead.
I am now a happy membet of the "K" club. Dr. K also mentioned that I was his 100th patient (no, there was no prize), I don't know what number BPH patient I was.
I will continue to post with my progress in the weeks ahead. My main hoal is to get completely off flomax.
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